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Celtics commit 20 turnovers, lose fifth game of season to Heat in overtime thriller, 120-116

Celtics commit 20 turnovers, lose fifth game of season to Heat in overtime thriller, 120-116

In a closely fought contest, the Boston Celtics dropped his fifth game of the year, losing to the Miami Heat by a score of 120-116, and moving to 18-5 in the season. Jaylen Brown did his best to carry the team, but a turnover-heavy game saw the Celtics get in their way.

While the Celtics’ offense was a bit subpar (33.3% 3PT), their shooting was far from the biggest problem. Boston turned the ball over 20 times, resulting in 21 points for the Heat. It was the eighth time in 10 games the Celtics have turned the ball over at least 14 times, and the fourth time in the last 10 with at least 16 turnovers.

Despite his struggles, however, Brown came through when it mattered most. He finished the night with a game-high 37 points, 14 rebounds and five assists. His dominant performance covered a relatively slow night for Jayson Tatum, who managed just 14 points, 12 rebounds and three assists.

The two stars went head-to-head with Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler leading the way for Miami. In his first game since Nov. 16, Butler dropped 25 points, 15 rebounds and three assists, but it was Adebayo who finished the night as the Heat’s leading scorer. He had 28 points, combined with his seven rebounds and three assists. Tyler Herro (26 points) and Kyle Lowry (20 points) also chipped in with 20-point games.

Brown’s big double-double carried Boston in this one, but double-digit performances from Marcus Smart (18 points, nine assists), Derrick White (13 points) and Grant Williams (18 points) helped along the way.

Boston and Miami weren’t the only parties involved in Friday night’s affairs. The referees made sure to make their presence known as there were a total of 42 fouls called on the night. Both teams picked up delay of game warnings before the game tipped off, and that should have been taken as a sign of things to come. Both sides, from the players to the coaches, seemed frustrated with the officiating.

A strong third quarter had the Celtics in a good position, but in the early stages of the quarter, the Heat were able to tie things up again, setting up for a hotly contested finish. Boston’s turnovers were the main problem leading to Miami’s run. But just when the Celtics looked like they were out of luck, Brown nailed an absurd three-pointer to send the game into overtime.

Boston’s superstar duo led the way in overtime, with Brown continuing his incredible performance and Tatum trying to shake off the rust. Butler and Adebayo dueled, but in the end, it was Butler who had the last laugh. He made a hard fadeaway to help the Heat close out the game, just like the one he hit near the end of regulation. The veteran superstar returned from injury and helped take down the NBA’s Goliath.

With the loss, the Celtics fell to 2-1 against the Heat this season. It’s their first loss at home since Oct. 28 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, they’ll go on a six-game road trip. Their next game will be on Sunday, December 4 against the Brooklyn Nets. The game is set for 6:00 pm Eastern time.



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